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Re: New bootdisks / first install report / help needed

Adam Di Carlo <adam@onshore.com> writes:

> Helge Kreutzmann <kreutzm@itp.uni-hannover.de> writes:
> > I can try them on a ruffian which is currently out of production due to
> > some technical difficulties and on my LX, maybe on an XP1000. Regarding
> > my LX I cannot complete the installation due to missing network (i.e.
> > only modem).
> > 
> > How is a milo based system supposed to be booted ? I see special disk for
> > nautilus and jensen but no for milo based systems. 
> I'd have to leave that to an Alpha porter to answer.  I'm afraid the
> documentation probably won't be much help.

I know about two MILO systems: Those with AlphaBios, and the Ruffian,
which has an ARCS-Bios (and I actually know only about AlphaBios
first-hand). Both understand the FAT filesystem, so you need a
FAT-formatted Floppy with the correct milo and "linload.exe", which is
a tiny program that gets started from the bios and loads the MILO.

We could either provide the MILO images and instruct the users to
prepare such floppies, or provide complete floppy images. The latter
would be more wasteful for the mirrors since the milo only takes about
400k, so we waste about 15MB mirror space, but I'd actually prefer it,
makes things easier for the installer, no problems with finding a
mkfatfs, getting file names right etc.

I wanted to hack that part anyway, OK if I give it a try?


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